Return to leather rugby balls?

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Return to leather rugby balls?

10 Feb 2021 10:30 am:

Imperial College and Fortius Clinic have conducted a study where a low dose and a high dose of live coronavirus was applied to a cricket glove, a football, a golf ball, a piece of gym pit foam, a horse saddle, both red and white cricket balls, a rugby ball and a tennis ball, as well as a piece of stainless steel as a control material.

Each was tested after one minute, five minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 90 minutes, to see whether live virus could be transferred off the equipment at time points that were relevant to sports events.

When the low dose was applied, virus was recoverable on seven of the 10 items tested after one minute, one of the 10 after five minutes - the horse saddle - and none of the 10 after 15 minutes.

When the high dose was applied, virus was recoverable on nine out of the 10 items after one and five minutes - all except the cricket glove - six out of 10 after 30 minutes, and two out of 10 after 90 minutes (the rugby ball and horse saddle).

However, the study - which is awaiting peer review - found that the "mean recovery of the virus fell across all materials to 0.74% at one minute, 0.39% at 15 minutes and 0.003% at 90 minutes".

Dr Emily Adams, a senior lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said: "Anything that is slightly absorbent like a tennis ball or some of the leathery cricket balls, it's very difficult to transfer any live virus off those. So we think that transmission from sports equipment is probably very low in these cases.

So, should rugby return to the old heavy absorbent balls?
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Re: Return to leather rugby balls?

10 Feb 2021 10:37 am:

Interesting study Dave, but why the question, the existing ball seemed to perform well?
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10 Feb 2021 10:53 am:

Why would they test a golf ball?
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Re: Return to leather rugby balls?

10 Feb 2021 11:10 am:

I can see some fun with the stainless steel rugby ball :o
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10 Feb 2021 11:53 am:

Thought was a high dose stayed on the rugby ball for 90 mins where as much less on the leather cricket ball. So go from plastic back to leather.
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20 Feb 2021 15:54 pm:

I hear that this lot https://www.elephants.nl/ ... have never stopped playing with them ;)

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